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S.D. woman fights voter fraud charges
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2002

A South Dakota woman accused of voter fraud is threatening to file a lawsuit against Republicans she claims are distorting the truth.

Becky Red Earth-Villeda was hired by the state Democratic Party to register Indian voters. She was fired after the party alleged irregularities in her work.

Earth-Villeda, 49, said Republicans, state and federal officials are conspiring to prevent Native Americans from going to the polls. On election day, Secretary of State Joyce Hazeltine wants polls to take special caution to ensure that everyone's vote is counted properly.

Out of thousands of registrations Earth-Villeda is linked to, 15 have been questioned, according to news accounts. Attorney general Mark Barnett plans to file charges against her.

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Suspect in voter fraud threatens suit (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 10/29)
State to change how it counts absentees (The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 10/29)

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